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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ....just like Frankenstein

Typically, a blues or folk finger picker (banjo players as well) only uses 2 fingers, index and middle, and the thumb (watch Jorma closely sometime), so Jerry was not handicapped in that respect. I read an article once where he said that it was actually an advantage for him because he could, very easily, go from using a pick to finger picking by flipping his pick to between his stub and finger and storing it there while finger picking and then flipping it back to use the pick. Obviously this technique would be harder with a complete finger there, most others usually don't switch between the two styles mid song. As far as I know, he was unique in his ability to switch so effortlessly between the two styes, even often doing it mid song without seeming to miss a beat.

So, Yes, it definitely affected his style and he probably would not have been able to do some of the things that we took for granted without the "axecident".

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-08-09 03:01:40

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ....just like Frankenstein

Wonderful, that's what I was lookin for. Thanks